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Mixed Use Zones Project: Revising zoning to support vibrant neighborhoods in centers and corridors

You’re invited to share your thoughts during upcoming neighborhood walks

NE Broadway walkPortland is made up of more than 90 neighborhoods, many of which have bustling centers or streets where people can shop, eat, work, play and take transit to jobs. But not all parts of Portland have these kinds of amenities or access to public transportation.

The city’s new proposed Comprehensive Plan is focused on creating more of these thriving, healthy and connected neighborhoods throughout the city, in part by targeting housing and job growth in Portland’s centers and corridors.  Zoning regulations will need to support these functions, as well as promote pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks; create desirable places to live, work and visit; and address the needs of nearby residential areas.

The Mixed Use Zones Project (MUZ) will revise the zoning code for commercial and mixed use zones to help create more vibrant centers and corridors. The project is part of Task 5: Implementation for the Comprehensive Plan Update.

To better understand current conditions, issues and community aspirations, the project team has been leading a series of community walks. Community members are invited on these walks to share ideas for how zoning regulations can be refined to help make better places. Your feedback will help staff see zoning issues through a local lens.

We want to know:

  • What’s working well or not so well regarding new development?
  • How can zoning code regulations help support a thriving business environment?
  • What building features, scale or site designs will enhance the character of the area?
  • What design features will create a quality environment for future residents?
  • What are appropriate ways of creating transitions in development scale and activity between mixed use development and adjacent residential areas?

Staff, neighbors and community activists have participated in three walks so far. They have discussed zoning and development in/around:

  • NE Broadway from the Lloyd District to Hollywood
  • SE Division around SE 122nd Avenue
  • SE 82nd Avenue around SE Division

For more information, and for full details on upcoming walks, please visit or call 503-823-7700.

Get answers to your share, repair and reuse questions

New partners and a new website offer Portlanders ideas for resourceful living | BPS E-News May 2014

Chinook Book and Reuse Alliance have teamed up with the City to bring you even more fresh ideas and tips to make simple changes in everyday choices. Be Resourceful’s new website offers articles and tips to connect you to local resources that help you save money, cut clutter and conserve natural resources. Find answers to questions such as:

Partners bring new expertise, ideas and audiences

By partnering with Chinook Book and Reuse Alliance of Oregon, Be Resourceful can provide local resources and content so Portland residents can more easily (1) buy smart, (2) reuse, (3) borrow and share and (4) fix and maintain.  

Chinook Book helps residents support local sustainable businesses — and save money — by offering hundreds of coupons from local merchants selected for their commitment to protecting the environment and giving back to the community.

Reuse Alliance is building a community of like-minded individuals and organizations across the country that is revolutionizing the way we look at waste. By partnering with Be Resourceful, the Oregon chapter of Reuse Alliance is helping to connect local government, businesses and residents with resources for choosing reuse options that challenge traditional patterns of consumption.




BPS staff profile: Meet Yvonne Garcia, Sustainability at Work advisor

BPS E-News May 2014


yvonne garcia

From motivating office green teams to helping set up commercial-scale composting systems to giving out faucet aerators, Yvonne Garcia has provided educational and technical assistance to help hundreds of Portland-area businesses go green.

You won’t find Yvonne around the office much. In addition to meeting on-site with businesses, Yvonne speaks with business associations and community groups to learn how Sustainability at Work can better serve the local business community, and helps produce and host Sustainability at Work’s Problem Solved networking events.

Transitioning from her previous career as a social worker to become a sustainability advisor six years ago turned out to be a natural evolution for Yvonne. She became motivated to join the sustainability movement after enrolling in a Master Recycler class in the fall of 2006, and quickly adapted her social service acumen to support and educate people about sustainable practices.  

One of the most satisfying parts of Yvonne’s work is the opportunity to sit down with a struggling green team at a Portland business and empower them to reach their sustainability goals. Using strengths-based and motivational interviewing techniques, she helps the team identify their accomplishments and next steps. Then she reminds them to celebrate their successes!

An active member of the BPS Diversity/Equity Committee for the past five years. Yvonne has played an integral role in supporting bureau-wide training goals to improve staff cultural competency.

When she is not at work, she is likely baking sweet treats, playing with her two dogs or hanging out in her Montavilla neighborhood. 

Ambitious new goals will keep building energy use steady for next 20 years

Lloyd EcoDistrict releases Energy Action Plan | BPS E-News May 2014

Lloyd EcoDistrict Convention CenterWith the release of a new Energy Action Plan, the Lloyd EcoDistrict has established a powerful goal for itself: There will be no net increase in building energy use over the next 20 years.  No net increase despite major new residential and commercial development anticipated in the Lloyd District, like the high performance Hassalo on Eighth project (currently under construction), which will bring 657 new apartment units and 60,000 square feet of new commercial space to the neighborhood.

To implement the plan, the EcoDistrict will rely upon a combination of high performance new construction, existing building energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.  The Lloyd EcoDistrict will also continue to work with building management teams to assist with building energy monitoring and bulk purchasing opportunities.

In all, the Energy Action Plan identifies 15 specific projects that the EcoDistrict will undertake to accomplish its energy goals.   These projects and additional plan details can be found in the full report.  With the Energy Action Plan in place, the Lloyd EcoDistrict continues to make progress toward its goal of accelerating sustainable performance district-wide.

The Lloyd EcoDistrict Energy Action Plan was funded by PDC and drafted by Puttman Infrastructure with commercial property managers, building owners and BPS.  The plan details strategies to collectively achieve goals set in the City of Portland / Multnomah County Climate Action Plan.


Thousands of Portlanders will benefit from Powell-Division transit improvements

Get involved in the planning process to influence improvements to this busy corridor | BPS E-News May 2014

Every day thousands of people ride TriMet bus lines 4 and 9 along the Division and Powell corridors between Portland and Gresham. To improve riders’ daily trip experience, the Powell-Division Transit and Development project will plan for a new high capacity transit line that connects Portland’s Central City and the Gresham Regional Center along the Powell-Division corridor. The project team, led by Metro, includes the cities of Portland and Gresham, TriMet, Multnomah County and Oregon Department of Transportation.

division street scene

High capacity transit service is faster than traditional bus service, and can be bus rapid transit, light rail or rapid streetcar. The planning phase runs through spring 2015. Elected officials will consider the recommended route and mode choice after the public, project team and steering committee identify and analyze transit options. In fall 2014, Portland and Gresham staff will work with residents to develop land-use visions for a small set of potential station areas.

More information about the project process and timeline is available on the Metro and City of Portland websites.  

Describe what better transit means to you

Take a survey to share what better transit means to you. The survey will close on July 30, 2014.

Learn more about the project at informal information sessions

Drop in at an informal session to talk with project staff at the Division Midway Alliance for Community Improvement, 2536 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236 on:

  • Tuesday, May 27, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 10, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Attend a steering committee meeting or open house

Monday, June 23
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; open house, 6 p.m.– 7 p.m.
East Hill Church, Office Complex Room
701 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

Monday, September 29
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; open house, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

St Philip Neri, Carvlin Hall
2408 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97214